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Plazas

September 23, 2019, 12pm PDT
A new study from Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation surveys the obstacles and challenges making it more difficult to build car-free public spaces, like plazas and parklets, in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
August 19, 2019, 6am PDT
Cities need to increase density, but the design of buildings can drastically affect people’s quality of life. Architects are using new tactics and tools to create innovative structures where light, air, and space are not compromised.
Fast Company
October 12, 2017, 10am PDT
What moves us about great public space is its ability to convene community. To provide an accessible place of solace and celebration. It’s not about the buildings, or even the streets. It’s about the experience. Susan Henderson on Savannah's squares.
PlaceShakers
April 6, 2017, 7am PDT
Savannah, Georgia is an elegant southern belle of a city. Susan Henderson looks at some of its lessons, along with ideas for future study.
PlaceShakers
February 1, 2017, 5am PST
Susan Henderson shares some thoughts about the alignment of issues contributing to well-being in cities.
PlaceShakers
September 13, 2016, 10am PDT
We often think of plazas as rectangular spaces, but unique geometries can create unexpected delight when a few simple criteria are met.
PlaceShakers
February 14, 2015, 1pm PST
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StreetsBlog NYC
April 25, 2014, 11am PDT
An Atlantic Cities article details how the Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s People St program is making it easier for communities to design and build plazas, parklets, and bike facilities on their streets.
Atlantic Cities
January 23, 2014, 11am PST
With the launch of a new website, the city of L.A. has begun an exciting experiment in community-based placemaking. The "People St" program will soon accept applications to convert underused street space into plazas, parklets, and bicycle corrals.
LA.Streetsblog
October 16, 2013, 10am PDT
The same week that the City of L.A. made a big splash with its "Great Streets Initiative", a new program that has the potential to have a sizable impact on city streets went less noticed. Damien Newton reports on the city's "People St" program.
LA.Streetsblog
June 28, 2011, 9am PDT
Plans to build a parking garage below an old plaza in Seville, Spain, revealed underground roman ruins. So the city built a new structure to hover over the site and to emphasize the area's historic amenities.
Metropolis
May 7, 2011, 5am PDT
A new public plaza is being built in Washington D.C., and this rundown from <em>The Dirt</em> highlights its people-focused design.
THE DIRT
November 24, 2010, 6am PST
Flush with federal grants, a new transit plaza and park is set to pop up in Philadelphia.
The Architect's Newspaper
July 3, 2010, 7am PDT
A white box labeled "Unlimited Urban Woods" stands in the plaza of a modern office building in Amsterdam. Step inside, and an endless vista of trees stretches out before you.
WebEcoist
July 2, 2010, 1pm PDT
Planners in Milwaukee have announced a slate of plaza and public space improvement projects that they hope will help catalyze urban regeneration in the city.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
June 11, 2010, 9am PDT
Japanese architect Kengo Kuma has created a magical zen landscape in a plaza at the University of Milan, using stones, fabric, and light.
Fast Company
July 2, 2009, 10am PDT
Mexico City's Centro Historico is undergoing a broad redevelopment, which has resulted in more investment, more events, and more use. However, some there are worried that increased commercialization will tarnish the public square.
Next American City
March 14, 2009, 7am PDT
In an effort to reclaim a public plaza at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge that was demolished in the 1960s by Robert Moses, artist Brian Tolle is reconstructing the statues that once adorned the plaza.
Bloomberg
November 3, 2008, 12pm PST
In a privately-owned plaza designed by Mies van der Rohe in Toronto, owners have sliced into benches to dissuade skateboarding. Some call it an affront to the legendary designer's work.
The Globe and Mail
October 4, 2008, 11am PDT
The historic centers and plazas of Latin American cities are often viewed as prime prospects for preservation in the hopes of increasing tourism. Often this preservation has a negative affect on locals, but things are beginning to change.
Land Lines, Lincoln Institute Of Land Policy